Children thrive best in their families. Family preservation efforts are provided to prevent out-of-home placement whenever possible. Most often foster care is temporary and children are reunited with their parents within a short time.
During 2010, 60 percent of the children in out-of-home placements entered care due to abuse or neglect, inadequate housing, termination of parents’ rights, or parental death, illness, disability, abandonment, incarceration, substance abuse, temporary absence or inability to cope; 25 percent due to their own behavior; 12 percent due to multiple reasons; 2 percent due to disabilities; and 1 percent not reported. (www.dhs.state.mn.us)
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